Politics and family affairs have got inextricably mixed up in West Bengal’s Malda North Lok Sabha constituency where a feud in late Congress stalwart A B A Ghani Khan Chowdhury’s family over the fielding of Congress candidate has come out into the open.
CPI(M), which has fielded Sailen Sarkar, the state’s minister for parliamentary affairs, in the seat, feels it can cash on the situation.
The feud in the family of Khan Chowdhury, a former Railway minister, took a turn for the worse on Monday when supporters of the deceased leader’s brother Abu Naser Khan Chowdhury prevented his niece Mausam Benazir Noor, the AICC-nominated candidate from Malda North, from campaigning.
When 29-year-old Mausam was coming out of her house, she was stopped by over 100 people, all said to be supporters of Abu Naser. They chanted slogans and stopped her from going out to campaign. Later they surrounded the family home in Kotwali for hours.
“We want “Lebuda” (as Abu Naser is fondly called by his supporters) or we will stop Mausam from campaigning”, shouted some Congress leaders.The crowd was dispersed only with the intervention of police.
Naser is now in Delhi reportedly to plead with the Congress high command to change its decision.
Seeking to playdown the issue, Mausam expressed confidence that the family squabble would not cost the party, ‘the safe seat´ for the party.